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California Jury Blames Roundup for Couple’s Cancer, Awards $2 Billion

A California jury on Monday awarded more than $2 billion to a couple who claimed Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused their cancer, in the largest U.S. jury verdict to date against the company in litigation over the chemical. …

Missouri Bill Shielding Businesses from Fines in Lawsuits Advances

Missouri lawmakers have advanced a bill to make it harder for courts to fine defendants as punishment for hurting people. The pending measure would raise the standard for what are called punitive damages, which courts use in civil lawsuits to …

Lawsuit Advances Over Rotten Beams in Delaware Townhouses

A lawsuit against Delaware’s largest private landowner and other companies is moving forward, saying “systemic concealed defects” are threatening to collapse the terraces on 63 waterfront homes that were built in part with taxpayer dollars. The News Journal of Wilmington …

Jury Awards $33.5M to Parents of California Man Killed by Deputy

A federal court jury has awarded $33.5 million in damages to the parents of a man who was fatally shot by a Southern California sheriff’s deputy in November 2015. The jury found that the San Bernardino County deputy unreasonably detained …

California Jury Returns $454M Verdict in Hospital Gown Suit

Kimberly-Clark and its spinoff medical technology firm Halyard Health have been hit with $454 million in compensatory and punitive damages, after a federal jury found the companies misled California buyers about the impermeability of their MicroCool surgical gowns. Jurors in …

Arkansas Bill Would Limit Attorneys’ Fees, Punitive Damages

An Arkansas Senate committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would ask voters to limit some attorneys’ fees and punitive damages in court cases. The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee voted on Feb. 14 to advance the …

Correction: Mass. Court Reviews Assessment of Damages Against Insurer in Shuttle Bus Accident Case

The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has ruled that post-judgment interest is not included in any enhanced damages in connection with damages that have already been awarded under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act. This comes after a Pennsylvania insurer and …

Montana House Votes to Cap Punitive Damages Awards

The Montana House has given initial approval to a measure that would reduce the amount a court can award in punitive damages. The cap on those awards meant to punish a company or individual for fraud or malice is now …

Gawker, Publisher to Pay $25M in Punitive Damages in Hulk Hogan Lawsuit

A Florida jury awarded punitive damages totaling $25 million on Monday in a second blow to Gawker, coming on top of the $115 million the online news outlet must pay for posting a sex tape of the former professional wrestler …

U.S. Sues Volkswagen, Seeks Up to $80 Billion in Penalties

The U.S. Justice Department sued Volkswagen AG for installing illegal devices meant to defeat emissions testing, and laid out claims that could push penalties into the tens of billions of dollars — an opening salvo in a legal battle that …